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Pincushions (Leucospermum)
Pincushions are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all pincushions, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
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Attributes of Pincushions

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Scientific Classification of Pincushions

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Distribution of Pincushions

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8 most common species:
Leucospermum cordifolium
Ornamental pincushion
The origin of the common name ornamental pincushion is easy to identify. One look at its flowers with protrusions resembling pins coming out of a pincushion provides a sure clue. These unique flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, or crimson, making for a stunning showpiece in the garden. Ornamental pincushion are rounded and spreading shrubs that can grow up to 1.5 m tall and 2 m in diameter.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire' is a cultivar of Red pincushion-protea. The flowerhead is red and yellow, perfectly emulating a wildfire (hence the name). It is shorter than the parent plant, growing only 91 to 152 cm instead of 1.5 to 2.5 m. Gardeners not only love this cultivar for its firelike blooms but also because it is particularly resistant to deer.
Leucospermum conocarpodendron
Cloud bank
Cloud bank is native to South Africa and is often planted for its striking orange and red blooms. It's a great addition to any garden and is known for attracting birds and insects. Its unique cone-shaped fruit is used in traditional medicine in its home country.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Rigoletto'
Red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto'
The red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' has different leaves than others of its species. It also has horizontal branches and flower heads that sit at right angles to their branch. With the parentage of Leucospermum Cordifolium x Glabrum, the red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' is thought to be named for Verdi’s controversial opera with the same name. This low-maintenance plant can survive droughts and light frosts.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Giant'
Red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant'
Red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant' are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant', ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'California Sunshine'
Red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine'
Red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine' are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine', ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird'
Red pincushion-protea 'Yellow Bird'
Red pincushion-protea 'Yellow Bird' offers bright yellow dome-shaped flowers that resemble pincushions. They bloom profusely from spring to mid-summer, held high on tall dark green stems. The plant is a cultivar of Leucospermum cordifolium named for the yellow tones of the flowers. It is a favorite for coastal home gardens as it is tolerant of high winds and salty air.
Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon'
Pincushions 'Scarlet Ribbon'
Pincushions 'Scarlet Ribbon' produces a large number of eye-catching pincushion-shaped flowers. As hinted by its name, these flowers are vibrant red in color. This cultivar is derived from Leucospermum glabrum and Leucospermum tottum. The flowers are not only used ornamentally in gardens but are also cut for flower arrangements due to their long-lasting vibrancy.

All Species of Pincushions

Ornamental pincushion
Leucospermum cordifolium
Ornamental pincushion
The origin of the common name ornamental pincushion is easy to identify. One look at its flowers with protrusions resembling pins coming out of a pincushion provides a sure clue. These unique flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, or crimson, making for a stunning showpiece in the garden. Ornamental pincushion are rounded and spreading shrubs that can grow up to 1.5 m tall and 2 m in diameter.
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire'
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire' is a cultivar of Red pincushion-protea. The flowerhead is red and yellow, perfectly emulating a wildfire (hence the name). It is shorter than the parent plant, growing only 91 to 152 cm instead of 1.5 to 2.5 m. Gardeners not only love this cultivar for its firelike blooms but also because it is particularly resistant to deer.
Cloud bank
Leucospermum conocarpodendron
Cloud bank
Cloud bank is native to South Africa and is often planted for its striking orange and red blooms. It's a great addition to any garden and is known for attracting birds and insects. Its unique cone-shaped fruit is used in traditional medicine in its home country.
Red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto'
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Rigoletto'
Red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto'
The red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' has different leaves than others of its species. It also has horizontal branches and flower heads that sit at right angles to their branch. With the parentage of Leucospermum Cordifolium x Glabrum, the red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' is thought to be named for Verdi’s controversial opera with the same name. This low-maintenance plant can survive droughts and light frosts.
Red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant'
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Giant'
Red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant'
Red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant' are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all red pincushion-protea 'Flame Giant', ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine'
Leucospermum cordifolium 'California Sunshine'
Red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine'
Red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine' are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all red pincushion-protea 'California Sunshine', ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Red pincushion-protea 'Yellow Bird'
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird'
Red pincushion-protea 'Yellow Bird'
Red pincushion-protea 'Yellow Bird' offers bright yellow dome-shaped flowers that resemble pincushions. They bloom profusely from spring to mid-summer, held high on tall dark green stems. The plant is a cultivar of Leucospermum cordifolium named for the yellow tones of the flowers. It is a favorite for coastal home gardens as it is tolerant of high winds and salty air.
Pincushions 'Scarlet Ribbon'
Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon'
Pincushions 'Scarlet Ribbon'
Pincushions 'Scarlet Ribbon' produces a large number of eye-catching pincushion-shaped flowers. As hinted by its name, these flowers are vibrant red in color. This cultivar is derived from Leucospermum glabrum and Leucospermum tottum. The flowers are not only used ornamentally in gardens but are also cut for flower arrangements due to their long-lasting vibrancy.
Arid pincushion
Leucospermum calligerum
Arid pincushion
Arid pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all arid pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Orange flame pincushion
Leucospermum erubescens
Orange flame pincushion
Orange flame pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all orange flame pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Rocket pincushion
Leucospermum reflexum
Rocket pincushion
Rocket pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all rocket pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum royenifolium
Leucospermum royenifolium
Leucospermum royenifolium
Leucospermum royenifolium are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum royenifolium, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Wart-stemmed pincushion
Leucospermum cuneiforme
Wart-stemmed pincushion
Wart-stemmed pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all wart-stemmed pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum mundii
Leucospermum mundii
Leucospermum mundii
Leucospermum mundii are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum mundii, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum heterophyllum
Leucospermum heterophyllum
Leucospermum heterophyllum
Leucospermum heterophyllum are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum heterophyllum, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Mix pincushion
Leucospermum oleifolium
Mix pincushion
Mix pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all mix pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum truncatulum
Leucospermum truncatulum
Leucospermum truncatulum
Leucospermum truncatulum are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum truncatulum, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Scarlet ribbon
Leucospermum glabrum
Scarlet ribbon
Scarlet ribbon are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all scarlet ribbon, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Flame
Leucospermum lineare
Flame
Flame are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all flame, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Robinson pass pincushion
Leucospermum pluridens
Robinson pass pincushion
Robinson pass pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all robinson pass pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum wittebergense
Leucospermum wittebergense
Leucospermum wittebergense
Leucospermum wittebergense are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum wittebergense, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Mossel bay pincushion
Leucospermum praecox
Mossel bay pincushion
Mossel bay pincushion are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all mossel bay pincushion, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
Leucospermum gracile
Leucospermum gracile
Leucospermum gracile
Leucospermum gracile are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all leucospermum gracile, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
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Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
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Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Leucospermum
Pincushions are flowering evergreens found in mountain slopes, scrublands, and forests. The species come in various forms - from ground covers to small trees. Many species have vibrant, pincushion-like flowers, which make them popular decorative indoor plants. In all pincushions, ants collect the seeds and take them to their nests, which protects them from wildfires.
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Key Facts About Pincushions

Attributes of Pincushions

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Evergreen

Scientific Classification of Pincushions

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Distribution of Pincushions

Distribution Map of Pincushions

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Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
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Exploring the Pincushions Plants

8 most common species:
Leucospermum cordifolium
Ornamental pincushion
The origin of the common name ornamental pincushion is easy to identify. One look at its flowers with protrusions resembling pins coming out of a pincushion provides a sure clue. These unique flowers come in shades of orange, yellow, or crimson, making for a stunning showpiece in the garden. Ornamental pincushion are rounded and spreading shrubs that can grow up to 1.5 m tall and 2 m in diameter.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire'
Red pincushion-protea 'Veldfire' is a cultivar of Red pincushion-protea. The flowerhead is red and yellow, perfectly emulating a wildfire (hence the name). It is shorter than the parent plant, growing only 91 to 152 cm instead of 1.5 to 2.5 m. Gardeners not only love this cultivar for its firelike blooms but also because it is particularly resistant to deer.
Leucospermum conocarpodendron
Cloud bank
Cloud bank is native to South Africa and is often planted for its striking orange and red blooms. It's a great addition to any garden and is known for attracting birds and insects. Its unique cone-shaped fruit is used in traditional medicine in its home country.
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Rigoletto'
Red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto'
The red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' has different leaves than others of its species. It also has horizontal branches and flower heads that sit at right angles to their branch. With the parentage of Leucospermum Cordifolium x Glabrum, the red pincushion-protea 'Rigoletto' is thought to be named for Verdi’s controversial opera with the same name. This low-maintenance plant can survive droughts and light frosts.
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All Species of Pincushions

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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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